Welcome to History Flight Fly In Professionally Restored World War II Aircraft & Help Fund the Search for America's 78,000 MIAs from WWII.
Relive history by taking to the skies with History Flight, Inc.-- a 501c3 Non-Profit foundation committed
to keeping World War II aviation history alive
by operating three of the most important aircraft
of WWII and offering clients the chance to actually
fly aboard a B-25 bomber or actually fly the AT-6
or N2S Stearman under the guidance of our certified
flight instructors. No piloting experience required!
All proceeds from
our flights go directly to fund our ongoing
research and recovery expeditions
dedicated to bringing our Missing in Action servicemen
home from their burial sites in remote battlefields
of WWII. To date, History Flight, Inc. has helped
locate graves of over 200 MIAs from
locations in the Pacific Theater.
We invite you to explore our site and learn more about our activities and how you can join us to preserve the past!
MIA Search Summary
2012 was a great year for our privately
funded all-volunteer MIA search efforts. History
ran seven different search teams in the Pacific
and in Europe and funded thousands of hours of
research. Excavations at three of our sites were
brought to completion.
Barnstorming Tour Dates...
still working on our
2014 Barnstorming Tour schedule.
All year long,
though, we'll be continuing to provide
rides in the AT-6 Texan and N2S Stearman
the DeLand, Florida Municipal Airport. Check
the schedule for information and
to book flights.
with our partners in the 99th Division MIA project,
The Missing Aircrew
Research and Recovery team, The Air War Study Group
Rhine/Mosel, and our friends at The Joint POW/MIA
Accounting Command, remains of MIA crewmembers
of a B-26 bomber and a P-47 fighter were recovered
in Europe. Here are the reports:
The remains of a number
of missing US Marines were recovered from sites
that History Flight search teams located on Tarawa
Atoll, by a crack team of experts from the DOD's Joint
POW/MIA Accounting Command. Our six-year effort
to find missing Marines on Tarawa has cost
over $650,000, 12,000-plus volunteer man hours,
and personal hardship for dedicated team members,
but it has continually shown positive results. The
photo below was taken at a fall 2012 repatriation ceremony
on Tarawa, during which a transfer
case containing recovered remains was respectfully
loaded aboard a waiting C-130 for the trip back to
U.S. soil. It wasn't such a great distance across
the tarmac - but that distance spanned 69 years of
time since November 1943, when the promise was made
to bring Tarawa's fallen Marines home...
The hand-lettered sign
pictured below was placed at the main Tarawa cemetery
in November 1943 by Capt
Donald L. Jackson, USMC, as surviving Marines prepared
to move westward with the fleet and continue the
Pacific theater. Read the words carefully, and you'll
better understand why we continue to pursue not only
the lost graves of Tarawa, but those of fallen heroes
To you, who lie within this coral soil
We, who remain, pay tribute of a pledge
That dying, thou shalt surely not
Have died in vain.
That when again bright morning
dyes the sky
And waving fronds above shall
touch the rain
We give you this - that in those
We will remember
We lived and fought together - thou
And sought to keep the flick'ring torch
That all our loved ones might forever
The blessed warmth exceeding fire and
The everlasting scourge of bondsman's
Liberty and Light
When we with loving hands laid back
That was for moments short to couch
We did not bid a last and sad farewell
But only "Rest ye well."
Then with this humble, heartfelt
That pays thy many virtues small acclaim
We marked this spot and murm'ring
requiem, moved on to westward
Rest, warriors, rest
Against the day of journeying forth
Tender hands shall lift thee out
To home soil waiting.
Here's where you'll find
an album of photos from various History Flight MIA-search
missions conducted during 2012:
We would like to congratulate everyone who
participated in and contributed to this important work
on a job well done. 2012 was a great year for these recoveries and 2013
is going to
be even better. Way to go, everyone!
of giving someone a gift of flight during 2014? It's
not necessary for the recipient to be a pilot to have
kind of fun, but you'll definitely enjoy this story
about a recipient who richly deserved it: